Patients were subjected to this practice if they were thought to be evil. It was the practice of drilling a series of holes into a patient’s skull, to release all their “evils.” Scary stuff! This practice was used in prehistoric times.
No, it’s not the nice relaxing hydrotherapy of today. This “therapy” was used in the 1800’s and 1900’s. The patient was strapped into a bathtub and violent, fierce jets where turned on. This was said to sedate the patient.
3. Insulin Shock Therapy
Doctor Manfred, Sakel introduced this procedure in the early 1920’s. Patients who suffered from Schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses were injected with extremely high doses of Insulin to induce coma. He believe that once they emerged from the coma they were cured. More like lucky to be alive!
Lobotomy procedures where actually performed up until the mid 1980’s and were believed to cure chronic illness and severe mental disorder. The procedure involved using a sharp instrument to stab above each eye and move back-and-forth to severe the nerves that connected the two hemispheres of the brain. No, thanks! For a fascinating history of loboomy
Austrian physician Julius Wagner-Jauregg was known to sterilize patients who he believed had developed schizophrenia because of excessive masturbation. Wow!
6. Malaria Injections
Patients with Neurosyphilis were injected with the Malaria. It raised their temperature to extremes and in turn killed the Syphilis virus. Simply ridiculous!
7. Organ Removal
In the early 20th century a psychiatrist names Henry Cotton believed that mental disorders were caused by bacteria inside the body. He removed entire organs that were infected by madness. Needless to say, he had very few survivors. Crazy, mad man!
8. Restraint In Utica Cribs
The Utica crib was a cage the size of a coffin where patients were placed until they were calm and sedate.
n Camarillo Mental Hospital overcrowding led to patients being lined up to sleep sitting up. Alternately, some believed that sleep deprivation helped in the treatment of depression.
What do you think of these procedures? Do you think any of them make sense? Do you know of any that we didn't mention here? Comment below!